Trump offers National Security Adviser job to Vice Admiral
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 17:37
In Tuesday's press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer referenced President Trump's "real concern" that "security secrets are leaking out", possibly signaling trouble for Gen. David Petraeus' chances of securing the national security adviser position left vacant after Gen. Michael Flynn's departure. Jared Kushner as national security adviser?
Flynn resigned in disgrace after reports revealed he lied to Vice President Mike Pence on the nature of his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.
"He's got a distinguished background and a great deal of respect in the national security community". Kushner would open himself up to a a lot of questioning if offered the gig and his cozy relationship with Trump would likely be an issue, since Flynn was nominated without much question and proved to be a liability. "As I call it, the fake media, in many cases", he criticized.
Trump was reportedly "a bit surprised when Harward responded by saying he needed a couple of days to think it over", according to Foreign Policy's Thomas Ricks.
Kellogg was in the running to hold the position full-time.
Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who had previously been appointed the National Security Council Chief of staff, is the brother of Jeff Kellogg, a former city councilman and current member of the Long Beach City College Board of Trustees.
Instead, the selection of Harward appears to elevate the influence of Mattis in the White House - not Bannon.
"Was Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who followed her conscience and the law in declining to defend the President's unconstitutional travel ban, actually fired because she informed the White House that General Flynn was vulnerable to blackmail?"
Jordan Fabian and Rebecca Kheel contributed.